Easy Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler Recipe

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Old-fashioned peach cobbler is traditional Southern comfort food at its finest. The buttery crust and juicy peaches combine to create a mouthwatering dessert that is unbelievably easy to make. 

Forkful of easy old-fashioned peach cobbler.

There are certain things in life that comfort our hearts, warm our souls, and cause our minds to settle into a comfortable spot, away from the craziness of the outside world. This old-fashioned peach cobbler with canned peaches is easily one of those things. Back in the day, American settlers created a cobbler by “cobbling together” some fruit and plopping some biscuit dough on top, before baking it over an open fire. Today, peach cobbler is a traditional dessert served in the Deep South.

While it uses simple ingredients I bet you have sitting at home right now, when they combine they create the most delectable dessert. One bite of this cobbler and you’ll taste juicy peaches topped with a divine buttery cinnamon sugar crust. I highly recommend enjoying your cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream – it’s the traditional way, after all. The best part is, using canned peaches you can bake this cobbler year-round.

So seriously, this old-fashioned peach cobbler recipe is so easy that if you make it a few times you probably won’t even need to look at it anymore. So if you want to be a really good student here, I suggest making this peach cobbler recipe at least once a week until you get the hang of it! Hey, studying is important!

If one peach dessert isn’t enough, check out my old-fashioned fresh peach pies, peaches and cream piepeach crisp, and easy peach ice cream

Labeled ingredients for old-fashioned peach cobbler.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Self-rising flour
  • White sugar
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Canned peaches
  • Ground cinnamon

Helpful Kitchen Tools

How To Make Easy Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler

Melt stick of butter in baking dish in preheating oven.

First, we need to melt our butter.

Since there is no need to dirty up an extra dish, I just put it in my 8×8 baking dish and place it in the oven while it preheats (to 350 degrees).

Stir dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl.

Now, place all of your dry ingredients (except for the milk and sliced peaches) into a mixing bowl.

Stir them together really well.

Now slowly add the milk to the dry ingredients until it’s all smoothly mixed together.

You just want to stir this until smooth or until you get tired of fooling with it. This is one of those old sturdy recipes that my grandmothers used so you don’t have to be finicky. They didn’t abide by that kind of nonsense in their kitchens.

The cobbler mixture will look a lil’ something like this.

Melted butter removed from the oven.

Once you have your melted butter, remove the baking dish from the oven.

Pour batter on top of butter but don't stir.

Pour your batter on top of the butter and DON’T STIR. 

Batter on top of butter.

It should look like this. Remember, no stirring!

Arrange peaches on top of batter.

Then arrange your drained canned peaches on top of that.

They will sink down and it will all be fine. Just distribute them as best you can but don’t move them around once you set them down.

If you want, sprinkle about a tablespoon of sugar and another teaspoon of cinnamon over the top of your cobbler mixture before baking.

Sometimes I do this, sometimes I don’t.

Baked old-fashioned peach cobbler.

Bake this at 350 for 45 to 55 minutes or until it is nice and golden brown on top.

That’s it! All it took was a few steps and some simple ingredients and you now have a delicious homemade peach cobbler.

Let it sit for at least 30 minutes after baking to ensure it thickens up nicely.

Serving of old-fashioned peach cobbler.



  • While you can leave leftovers at room temperature for a few hours, I recommend storing your leftover peach cobbler in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days. 
  • You can also freeze the cobbler for up to three months. Thaw it in the fridge and then reheat it either in the oven or microwave.

Recipe Notes

  • If you choose to use fresh peaches instead of canned, you will need about 8 medium-sized peaches for this recipe (or 4 cups). You’ll also want to bring them to a boil over high heat, along with a 1/4 cup sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice, until they’ve softened and the juices are extracted (about five minutes). You can leave the skin on or peel your fresh peaches too.
  • Alternatively, you can use frozen peaches. Just make sure you let them thaw for about 30 minutes before adding them to the recipe.
  • You can use unsalted butter or salted butter, it’s totally up to you.
  • For extra flavor, add a pinch of nutmeg to the dry ingredients.
  • Another way to add flavor? Use a combination of granulated sugar and brown sugar.
  • I’m using whole milk, but you can use any type of milk, including plant-based milk alternatives.
  • To learn how to make self-rising flour if you only have all-purpose flour, visit my FAQs.
  • Feel free to swap the peaches for a different fruit too. This is a very adaptable cobbler recipe. Some other options include cherry, blueberry, or raspberry.

Recipe FAQs

What is peach cobbler topping made of?

The topping is made with a leavening agent (in this instance, it’s included in the self-rising flour) so it rises and becomes a biscuit-like topping.

Why is my cobbler runny?

A runny cobbler usually means the fruit was extra juicy, so you have to ensure you leave the cobbler to cool completely after baking before serving. This allows the cobbler to thicken up fully.

What is the difference between a peach cobbler and a peach pie?

First, a peach cobbler is a lot easier to make than a pie. A peach pie has both a top and bottom pie crust, whereas you bake the fruit and dough filling together to create a cobbler.

What is the difference between a cobbler and a crisp?

While this cobbler has a dough-like topping, a crisp has a crunch top layer that usually includes oats and nuts.

How do you make Martha Stewart’s peach cobbler?

Martha Stewart’s peach cobbler recipe is very similar. However, she uses fresh peaches and adds a pinch of fresh ginger.

What do you serve with cobbler?

While I love mine with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, you can also pair your cobbler with whipped cream, heavy cream, or a drizzle of honey.

Serving of old-fashioned peach cobbler with a scoop of ice cream.

You may also enjoy these cobbler recipes:

Chocolate Cobbler Recipe (Possible Options for Food Allergies)

Cinnamon Cobbler (Warm and Wonderful)

Cherry Blueberry Cobbler

Pineapple Cobbler

Easy Berry Cobbler Recipe

Apple Pecan Cobbler Recipe

Serving spoon sticking out of baked old-fashioned peach cobbler.

Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler

A buttery crust and juicy peaches combine to create this mouthwateringly easy old-fashioned peach cobbler - a traditional Deep South dessert.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cobbler, peach
Servings: 6
Calories: 390kcal


  • 1 29-ounce can peaches in light syrup, drained
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1-2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Melt the stick of butter in an 8x8 baking dish (I just stick it in the oven while it is preheating).
    1 stick butter
  • Drain peaches and set them aside.
    1 29-ounce can peaches in light syrup, drained
  • Mix together the flour, sugar, and teaspoon of cinnamon until blended. Pour in milk and stir until blended again.
    1 cup self-rising flour, 1 cup sugar, 1-2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1 cup milk
  • After the butter is melted, take the dish out of the oven and pour the batter on top of the butter, but DON'T STIR.
  • Use a big spoon to set your peach slices down all over the top of the cobbler dough, but once again, DON'T STIR. They will sink down and it will all be fine. Just distribute them as best you can but don't move them around once you set them down.
  • If you want, sprinkle about a tablespoon of sugar and another teaspoon of cinnamon over the top of your peach mixture. Sometimes I do this, sometimes I don't.
  • Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until it's set in the center and golden brown on top.
  • Let it cool and thicken for about 30 minutes before serving with vanilla ice cream if you like.



Calories: 390kcal
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  1. 5 stars
    I found this recipe on southernplate.com. Kudos to you, for this is how I remember my Mother making peach cobbler for Sunday dessert. A real homemade Southern cobbler is not peaches with crust…that’s a pie; or peaches with a biscuit topping…that’s breakfast with a large mug of coffee!

  2. I’d love to know how to get more “goo” in the cobbler vs drier dough. It’s not as simple as not cooking as long….tried that! I’m sure they use canned pie filling in restaurants, but what I’m trying to make is a cobbler with a gooey type inside vs a dry type dough inside and some restaurants have cobbler such as that.

    Any ideas out there?

  3. 5 stars
    I leave off the cinnamon altogether. Different strokes, etc. I wouldn’t want to waste the peach syrup, so I’ll use half milk, half syrup, and reduce sugar to ⅔ cup. I read the post about a tough crust. Maybe stir slowly and gently. I love recipes that use self rising flour.

  4. I made this today, but it came out chewy and hard. I don’t know what went wrong. I followed the recipe and used canned peaches.

    1. I am sorry you experienced that Gilda! May have cooked it a bit too long. Each oven is different. Next time I would keep an eye on it and don’t bake it quite as long.
      I hope that works for you next time as this usually a very tasty dish.
      Stacey Lynn

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